I’ve been debating what I should do with my hosting setup. I had the thought earlier today that I could accomplish all I currently do with a single Virtual Private Server from one of a large number of providers, for less money than I currently pay. But there is the distinct lack of geek factor in doing that. I’d much prefer to be the guy hosting the VPS instances and renting them out. The utility of the half rack of stuff I have is only half the reason I do it. I like playing with the hardware. I like having my own servers that run on my own terms.
The month to month costs for space and bandwidth aren’t bad, I could certainly have much more expensive hobbies. It’s the extra incidentals that have been killing me lately though. Dead hard drives every now and then in addition to the occasional upgrade has been taking its toll. I don’t know whether it makes more sense to just rent a VPS and mothball what I’ve got or find a couple of people willing to pay for hosting or their own VPS to subsidise leasing a couple of new servers. Hell, if I could find a couple of people willing to chip in I could probably keep running with my current hardware. I’m not really looking to make buckets of cash on all this. I’d like to approach breaking even at some point, though.
Something to ponder, I guess.